rock·​hop·​per | \ ˈräk-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce rockhopper (audio) \

Definition of rockhopper

: a small penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) with a short thick bill and a yellow crest

Examples of rockhopper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One southern rockhopper penguin at the St. Louis Zoo has an extra spring in his step these days. Kate Hogan,, 21 June 2021 Find more than 250 penguins from five different species (king, Gentoo, Adélie, chinstrap and rockhopper) inside the exhibit. Kathleen Christiansen,, 22 Apr. 2021 The northern rockhopper is only found on the Tristan da Cunha Islands, halfway between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Although Pierre loves his TV shows, the zoo is currently working with their international zoo colleagues to find a suitable, long-term home for him with other rockhopper penguins. Claudia Harmata,, 1 Sep. 2020 The zoo is working with its international colleagues so Pierre can find a new place to recover and make new rockhopper friends. Jennifer Hauser, CNN, 29 Aug. 2020 In one video, a rockhopper penguin named Wellington visits the aquarium's Amazon Rising exhibit, which features creatures from the Amazon River basin, the largest river system and rainforest on Earth. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2020 Learn more 21 6:44 AM - Mar 16, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy See Andrew, Apple Daddy's other Tweets This latest animal to know (and love) is a rockhopper penguin who goes by the name of Wellington, who lives at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Ashley Hoffman, Time, 16 Mar. 2020 The aquarium shared a video of a group of rockhopper penguins taking a walk inside the facility and visiting the other animals. CBS News, 16 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rockhopper

1875, in the meaning defined above

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7 Sep 2021

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“Rockhopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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